Speeder Bike Final Thoughts (Finally…)
This post has been a long time coming. I finished this kit quite a while ago and already wrote one post with some of my thoughts on the kit. At that point, I had finished the bike and had not yet started on the Scout Trooper, and I had tried unsuccessfully to use the in-flight display stand. I will address both of those points in this post, but first I want to give my general impressions of the kit.
First of all, this kit has some significant nostalgia value for me. My previous attempts at building this same kit were always in the back of my mind, so I really wanted it to turn out well. To put it briefly, I like the end result of this kit a lot! I was able to use some of the painting techniques I experimented with previously to give the bike an appropriately scuffed and worn look, and the finished product looks cool!
The first element of this kit I did not like, however, was the Trooper figure. The figure came as two halves, a front and back, and these halves did not fit well together at all. I used a lot of filler and had to do a copious amount of sanding, a skill that I have not fully developed yet. What made the process even more difficult was the amount of curves, nooks, and crannies on the trooper’s armor that had to be carefully filled and sanded. The result is average, but the trooper is merely an accent to the overall piece, so I can live with it for now.
The other element of the kit I did not enjoy was the included in-flight display stand. One, the stand is a huge clear circle that would take a monstrous amount of space on my limited display shelves. Two, I broke the back of the bike twice while trying to insert it into the small slot on the stand. I didn’t want to have to make any more repairs! As a result, I started looking around the internet for display stands and found a suitable looking substitute called FlightPose. I placed an order and then waited…and waited…and waited. Apparently, the company was going through some reorganization, so even though I ordered the stand around March, I did not actually receive it until July. The stand was worth the wait, however, and I am proud to finally display this kit along with my others. Currently, it is one of my favorites, as it is a great representation of how far my abilities have come since I started building models so many years ago. Enjoy some more pictures!